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As many as 48 million Twitter accounts aren't people, says study

     
11:18 pm on Mar 10, 2017 (gmt 0)

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A big chunk of those "likes," "retweets," and "followers" lighting up your Twitter account may not be coming from human hands. According to new research from the University of Southern California, up to 15 percent of Twitter accounts are in fact bots rather than people.

The research could be troubling news for Twitter, which has struggled to grow its user base in the face of growing competition from Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and others.

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Some of those followers might not be real.
1:23 am on Mar 11, 2017 (gmt 0)

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My logs are testament to that. Everytime I tweet a link, my server blocks 50 to 200 requests per my bot filters.
9:12 pm on Mar 11, 2017 (gmt 0)

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This is what you get, when the whole point of the site is having a large number of followers and not the content. This is true about most social media, but Twitter is the most extreme case. The lifespan of a Twitter thing, whatever it's called, is extremely short. How much valuable content is there on Twitter? And who has time to sift through all that noise? Bots have plenty of time. So, yes, I suppose Twitter may be a good site for bots of all kinds.
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This is what you get, when the whole point of the site is having a large number of followers and not the content
I get quite a lot of human traffic from Twitter. My site is content rich. Many go on to read articles from other pages. I consider Twitter a huge traffic source. As I said, I block the bots.
How much valuable content is there on Twitter?
Quite a lot if you actually engage with it. Most people who don't see the value in Twitter, don't really use Twitter.
6:29 am on Mar 19, 2017 (gmt 0)

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And who has time to sift through all that noise? Bots have plenty of time.
If you're careful when you select people you follow, you'll find yourself saying "who has time to read all of that extraordinary material?"

My problem with twitter is that there's too much good stuff, and not enough tools to keep track of it.
 

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